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Past Exhibitions & Events

What Nourishes Us

Happy 150th birthday, Watsonville, and congratulations on the building of a great successful community over all these years.

Members of Pajaro Valley Arts join in the sesquicentennial celebration with this exhibition, What Nourishes Us, exploring the idea of how our community nourishes our bodies, our souls, our imaginations and our arts. Using a wide variety of mediums, artists from Santa Cruz County and beyond share their interpretations on what nourishes them from this community and from their lives in general.

Image Credit: Loading Docks, by David Fleming

OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, June 3 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Curators: Jane Gregorius, Susan Matulich, Mary Neater & Carol Walber

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This exhibit is dedicated and  in memory of our
dear friend and Board Member James Aschbacher

Museum of Curious Perceptions

Terry, (Detail) Copyright by Marie Bergstedt

Enter. Within these walls are works that will confound, surprise and delight. Pajaro Valley Arts presents an eclectic gathering of meticulous collections transforming it into Spoken/Unspoken: Museum of Curious Perceptions.

The story tellers. Their words reverberate throughout the galleries… unsounded whispers, mute cries, gagged laughter, thunderous unheard sighs– the splintering profundity of their unspoken words resound silently throughout each exhibit within this fictional museum. Look, watch and listen with your imagination. The artists in each of the exhibits mold and twist, conjure, proclaim, contort and extract a story from objects mundane and sublime. Be transported. Enter their stories.

—Curator, Rose Sellery

Contributing artists include:
Wendy Aikin, Jody Alexander, Marie Bergstedt, Charlene Doiron Reinhart, Steve Gompf, Hope Kroll, Victoria May, Beverly Rayner, Diane R. Ritch, Judy Stabile and Rose Sellery.

Museum of Curious Perceptions Curator’s Tour with Rose Sellery
April 28, 2:00PM – 3:00PM
This event will be open to the public, and is free of charge. Join curator Rose Sellery, and some of the participating artists to gain insights into our Museum of Curious Perceptions.

Spoken/Unspoken is a countywide collaboration venture organized by Cabrillo Gallery that brings together eleven art venues across Santa Cruz County under a unifying theme. Visit  to see participating venues. Take a virtual tour of the Cabrillo Gallery exhibitSpoken/Unspoken Cyphers.  This project was made possible through the generosity of a donor advised grant from the Roy and Frances Rydell Visual Arts Fund at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County.

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take aways: Art To Go!

We invite you to join us for our first exhibit of 2018, Take Aways: Art to Go! This annual invitational exhibit features sixty-two of the county’s most notable artists. As a fundraising event these artists are presenting works that fit into many budgets. In this wildly popular show everyone benefits; you take home fabulous art the day of your purchase, the artists and PVA get their normal commissions, and new art comes into the gallery every day!

The January 17 – March 4 exhibit will include an opening reception on Sunday, January 21, from 2:00PM to 4:00PM, and a closing & raffle reception on Sunday, March 4, from 2PM-4PM.

The artists are well known from numerous exhibitions and teaching experiences in Santa Cruz County and beyond. Others are known from Open Studios, and all artists bring years of expertise and practice in their submissions. The pieces of art include sculptures, encaustic (wax), painting, printing, photography, and glasswork, almost any medium possible. Diversity is one of many descriptions that fit this remarkable exhibition.

Artists include; Cristie Thomas & Scott Lindberg, Stephanie Martin, Andrew Purchin, Peter Vizzusi, Rose Sellery, Jenni Ward, Charles Prentiss, Barbara Downs, Jamie Abbott, and many others. Visitors are encouraged to visit and “Take Away” some beautiful art. In addition, several donated pieces will be part of a raffle throughout the show with the drawing held during the closing reception on March 4, 2PM-4PM.


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Mi Casa es Tu Casa

October 18 – December 10
Opening Reception: Sunday, Oct 28 2-4pm

Mi Casa es Tu Casa is PVA’s annual exhibit inspired by Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a traditional holiday in Mexico that celebrates ancestors and others who have passed away. Altars (ofrendas) are built in homes to honor and remember the dead. Similar customs exist throughout the world and we share common ground with many cultures in our desire to honor and remember those whom we have lost.

Our theme this year is, Lessons from Loved Ones. Family traditions start with a lesson and our loved ones’ lessons leave impressions which outlive us. When we continue family traditions it reconnects us to that which has made us who we are. Family secrets, recipes, arts and crafts, ways of speaking and behavior; these are all passed down through generations. We repeat them to comfort us, build closeness, and strengthen our families. Traditions are the harmonious thread of remembrance we all share.

Curator: Tracy LeCroy

My Mother Thinks I’m a Great Artist

When you were a kid…
what inspired you to make art?
was it encouraged and nurtured?
was it as natural as breathing?

Twenty established local artists explore the history of their own creative development. Each artist is presenting their childhood artwork and responding to it through words and art…reflecting on their own past and process, and how it relates to their contemporary work.

This exhibit illuminates the importance of art education and supporting creative practice for all kids. Especially in a time when the arts are desperately under-supported, we celebrate the importance of art.

Curator: Janet Fine

Artist Statements: Jamie Abbott  Jody Alexander  Andrea Borsuk  Kathleen Crocetti Marc D’ Estout Margitta Dietrick-Welsh Ian Everard Janet Fine Jane Gregorius Bridget Henry Robin Kandel Louise Leong Claire Lerner Victoria May Sean Monaghan Andrew Purchin Beverly Rayner Paul Roehl Rose Sellery Lynda Watson


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June 7 – July 23, 2017
Reception: June 18, 2- 4 pm

Artists choose colors to produce a certain mood or atmosphere; to create space, light and shadow; or to introduce symbolic associations. Colors can affect the composition of a piece of art and describe a scene in new and creative ways. In art, color allows the creation of individuality and flare. Color can be used to evoke a certain mood or to create a message or evoke a response in the viewer. Artists use the positive or negative attributes of color in their works to subliminally send a message. Click here to tour the exhibit.

Arlene Gotshalk, Jane Gregorius, Ann Miya, Mary Neater, Carol Walberg, Teresa Zolar.

Thank you to our generous sponsors and supporters:

Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County 
City of Watsonville
Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Harrison’s Color Corner
Arts Council Santa Cruz County

WITNESS: Photojournalism

Photography has the power to inform, illuminate and instigate change. Witness features the work of Santa Cruz County photographers well known for their artistry and craftsmanship. Each artist has captured powerful images, which reflect our daily lives and changing times. Shown together they underscore the impact of truth within an historical framework. Click here to tour the exhibit. Exhibit photos on Facebook